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Main activities of the European institutions

Monday 23 January

  • EU Council. ‘Foreign Affairs’ Council (Brussels) (see EUROPE B13104A12). - Russia: exchange of views on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. - West Africa and Sahel: exchange of views on the situation in the region. - Armenia: possible agreement on sending a civilian CSDP mission (see EUROPE B13102A23). - Topical issues: ministers will be briefed on current issues. - Palestine: informal exchange of views with the Palestinian Prime Minister during a working lunch.
  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (Civcom). - Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA). - Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG). - Justice/Home Affairs Advisers.
  • European Parliament. Committee activities (Brussels): - AFET: exchange of views with the EEAS on North Korea (DPRK) in the light of ongoing escalation (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zn ). - INTA: exchange of views with Executive Vice-President and EU Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis; public hearing: “Tackling unfair trade practices in the garment and textile sector” (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zo ). - IMCO: public hearing on standardisation in the Single Market (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/502 ). - CONT: examination of the Court of Auditors’ special report n.25 on the verification of the GNP to finance the EU budget; public hearing “Investments in the framework of the cohesion policy and the Next Generation EU recovery fund: state of play of monitoring and controls” (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zp ). - ECON: exchange of views with the ECB on the digital euro; Annual report 2022 on the Banking Union (rapp. K.M. Peter-Hansen) (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zq ). - EMPL: exchange of views with Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), on the impact of recent crises on social rights ; structured dialogue with Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager; presentation of the Swedish Council Presidency programme (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zr ). - ITRE: presentation by the Commission of the EU-Republic of Korea Digital Partnership Agreement (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zt ). -PECH: exchange of views with the Commission on the implementation of the 2023 TAC agreement with the UK; presentation of a study on “Climate change and the CFP”; public hearing on the state of play of the multiannual plan for the Baltic Sea (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zu ). - CULT: presentation of the new proposal for European legislation on media freedom (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zv ). - Ordinary meeting of the Committee of Inquiry into alleged contraventions and misapplication of EU law in relation to money laundering, tax evasion and tax fraud (et 24/01). - ENVI: vote on the provisional trilogue agreement on the draft legislation on batteries and waste batteries (rapp. A. Variati); presentation of the Swedish EU Council Presidency programme and exchange of views with the Swedish Minister for Climate and Environment, Romina Pourmokhtari (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/508 ). - ENVI-AGRI-PETI: public hearing on the citizens’ initiative “Save bees and farmers!” (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/508 ). - JURI: examination of the requests for withdrawal of immunity of Ioannis Lagos and Andrea Cozzolino (in camera) (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/507 ).

Tuesday 24 January

  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG). - Political and Security Committee (PSC). - Antici Group. - Headline Goal Task Force (HTF). - Justice/Home Affairs Advisers. - Mertens Group.
  • European Parliament. Committee activities (Brussels): - AFET: exchange of views with Mark Gitenstein, US Ambassador to the EU on the state of relations between the two parties. - Exchange of views with Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on relations with Switzerland and Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zn ). - IMCO: presentation of the Swedish EU Council Presidency programme; presentation of a study on the environmental impact of online sales in the context of the circular economy (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/502 ). - INTA: presentation of the priorities of the Swedish Council Presidency by Johan Forssell, Minister for Foreign Trade. (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zo ). - CONT-COVI: presentation of the Court of Auditors’ special report No 18/2022 on the EU institutions and Covid-19 (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zp ). - CONT: presentation by the Commission of DG REGIO’s Open Data Platform and DG ECFIN’s Recovery and Resilience Scoreboard. (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zp ). - ECON: exchange of views with Swedish Finance Minister and Chair of the Ecofin Council, Elisabeth Svantesson; structured dialogue with Mairead McGuinness, Commissioner for Financial Services (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zq ).- EMPL: exchange of views with the Executive Directors of the EMPL Committee’s agencies: Cedefop, Eurofound, EU-OSHA, ETF and AET; discussion of the report on employment and social priorities in the context of the European Semester 2023 (rapp. E. Durá Ferrandis) (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zr ). - ITRE: exchange of views with Ministers Ebba Busch (Energy, Enterprise and Industry) and Matt Persson (Research, Space) representing the Swedish Presidency of the Council; structured dialogue with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth) (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zt ). - PECH: election of Vice-Presidents of the Committee; presentation of a study on the role and impact of China on world fisheries and agriculture (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zu ). - CULT: presentation of a study on a first assessment of the “European Universities” initiative; exchange of views on the illicit trafficking of cultural goods (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zv ). - JURI: meeting of coordinators (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/507 ).- ENVI: exchange of views with the Commission on environmentally harmful subsidies (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/508 ).
  • European Economic and Social Committee. Plenary session (Brussels - and 25/01). *Debates: “Mid-term assessment of the progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda - organised civil society’s perspective, with Guillaume Lafortune, Vice-President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). “30 years of the Single Market, our greatest success but also the biggest challenge for the next generation!”, with Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission. Full agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zj

Wednesday 25 January

  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Coreper I. - Coreper II. - European Union Military Committee (EUMC). - Trade Policy Committee. - Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (Civcom). Justice and Home Affairs Advisers. - Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG).
  • European Commission. Weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners (Brussels). - Strengthening social dialogue: + Communication on strengthening social dialogue in the European Union. + Council Recommendation to support social dialogue at EU and national level (Dombrovskis).
  • European Parliament. Committee activities (Brussels): - EMPL: vote on provisional agreement reached in trilogue on strengthening the application of the principle of equal pay for men and women (rapp. S. Rafaela and K.M. Peter-Hansen) (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zr ). - DEVE: work programme of the Swedish Presidency of the EU Council (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zw ). - FEMM-AFCO-LIBE: EU accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zx ). - FEMM-EMPL: consideration of the report on strengthening the principle of equal pay (rapp. S. Rafaela and K.M. Peter-Hansen) (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zx ). - FEMM: examination of the report on the regulation of prostitution in the EU (rapp. M. Noichl) (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zx ). - RIGHT: workshop on the legitimacy and resilience of electoral processes in illiberal political systems and authoritarian regimes; exchange of views with UN representatives on the situation in Myanmar and on debt and international financial obligations (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zy ). - SEDE: exchange of views with the Swedish Minister for Defence, Pål Jonson, on the priorities of the Swedish Presidency of the EU Council; exchange of views with the EEAS on the supply of military equipment to Ukraine by the EU (in camera); exchange of views with a UN representative on arms trafficking (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zz ). - FISC: public hearing on “What should the BEFIT proposal look like?(see EUROPE B13107A21); meeting with the Committee on the implications of the US IRA (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/501 ).
  • European Economic and Social Committee. Plenary session (Brussels). - Debates: - “European Union’s responses to (geo-) political challenges in 2023 – the perspective of the European Parliament” with Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament. - Priorities of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union with Jessika Roswall, Minister for EU Affairs, Sweden. Full agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4zk
  • General Court of the EU (Luxembourg). #Judgments: - T-163/21 (De Capitani v. EU Council - should the EU Council give access to documents drawn up in its working groups concerning the legislative procedure for amending the Annual Financial Statements Directive?).

Thursday 26 January

  • EU Council. Informal Meeting of Home Affairs and Justice Ministers (Stockholm - and 27/01) (see EUROPE B13107A5). *Home Affairs: - Ukraine: information on the recent internal security dialogue with Ukraine. - Organised crime: afternoon working session on the fight against organised crime in the digital age.
  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG). - Trade Policy Committee (Experts - services and investment). - Headline Goal Task Force (HTF). - Political and Security Committee (PSC). - Justice and Home Affairs Advisers.
  • European Parliament. Plenary session (Brussels). - International Holocaust Remembrance Day : Formal Address by Isaac Herzog, President of the State of Israel.
  • European Parliament. Committee activities (Brussels): - ING2: extraordinary meeting.
  • Court of Justice of the EU (Luxembourg). #Judgments: - C-205/21 (Ministerstvo na vatreshnite raboti - Recording of biometric and genetic data by the police - is the systematic collection of biometric and genetic data of every person under investigation for the purpose of their registration by the police contrary to the requirement to ensure greater protection with regard to the processing of sensitive personal data?) #Conclusions: C-660/21 (K.B. and F.S. - Ex officio ruling in criminal matters - is it for the court to find a procedural defect based on the violation of the right of the accused to be informed of his right to remain silent?).

Friday 27 January

  • EU Council. Informal Meeting of Home Affairs and Justice Ministers (Stockholm) (see EUROPE B13107A3). *Justice: Organised crime: debriefing on the home affairs ministers’ work on combating organised crime in the digital age (see above); working session on judicial cooperation and the fight against organised crime. Ukraine: Working lunch on the prosecution of war crimes in Ukraine.
  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Tax Advisers/Attachés. - Justice/Home Affairs Advisers. - Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG). - Working Party on the United Kingdom.